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May 22, 2011

85% Increase in Smartphone Users, Android Leads with 36% Marketshare


A recent Gartner’s mobile market report says 428 million mobile devices were sold in the first quarter of 2011, representing a 19% increase year-over-year. A lot of that growth is due to smartphone sales, which were at 100.7 million, a 85% year-over-year increase.



Mobile devices running the Google Android operating system continue their worldwide market penetration, accounting for 36.2 million smartphones sold worldwide in Q1 2011.The platform is giving Apple's iPhone a very strong challenge even as market share for smartphones running Symbian, BlackBerry OS and Windows continues to decline.


The big winner in this quarter was Android, which soared past Symbian to capture 36% of the market. Nokia’s Symbian is in second place with 27.4%, followed by Apple’s iOS with 16.8%, RIM’s BlackBerry with 12.9% and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 with 3.6%.


For comparison, at the end of 2010, Android and Symbian’s roles were nearly reversed, with Symbian holding 37.4% of the market and Android being far behind with 22.7%.Nokia is meanwhile all set to shut out the "Symbian"to build Windows Phone devices, which will hit the market in 2012 and should accelerate the platform's momentum, said Gartner.

Recently, Gartner predicted that worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, with Android taking 38.5% of the smartphone market. With Windows Phone 7-based Nokias still being far on the horizon and iOS growing steadily but not as explosively as Android, Gartner’s prediction sounds about right (and perhaps even too conservative as far as Android growth goes).


Android, which Google executives said is being activated on 400,000 devices daily, tripled its market share from Q1 2010, with Samsung, HTC and Motorola shipping the lion's share of these phones. In Q1 2011, there were 16.8 million Apple iPhones sold, more than double the 8.2 million sold in Q1 2010.

On the manufacturer front, Nokia still holds first place with 25.1% mobile devices sold, a large drop from the 30.6% share the company held in Q1 2010. Nokia’s market share will likely keep plummeting at least until the company starts selling Windows Phone 7-based devices, which is supposed to happen in 2012.

Samsung holds second place with 16.1% of the market, followed by LG, Apple, RIM and other companies whose market share is lower than 3%.